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Michelle Obama shares rare photo of daughter Malia to mark a double celebration

The former Flotus is a doting mother to daughters Malia and Sasha

Hanna Fillingham

Michelle Obama was feeling incredibly nostalgic on Sunday as she reminisced about her firstborn, Malia.

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The doting mother was celebrating Malia's 23rd birthday, as well as Fourth of July, and had twice the reason to celebrate.

Taking to Instagram, the former Flotus shared a never-before-seen picture of herself with Malia, alongside a heartfelt message.

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She wrote: "Happy Fourth of July, everybody—and also, happy 23rd birthday to our dear Malia! It’s been a few years since we took this photo, but I know that she’ll always be my sweet little girl whose big hugs and big heart always lift up my day.

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"Malia, we love you, and are so excited to see what this year will bring for you!"

Fans were quick to comment on the sweet post, with one writing: "Happy birthday Malia, such a sweet photo," while another wrote: "Happy birthday Malia – daddy's twin!" A third added: "Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Michelle Obama paid tribute to daughter Malia on her 23rd birhday 

Proud father Barack Obama also paid tribute to his firstborn on her special day.

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The former President of the United States shared an adorable picture of himself with Malia as a little girl, alongside an equally cute message.

He wrote: "Happy Fourth of July, and Happy Birthday, Malia! It’s been such a joy to watch you begin to make your own way in the world with poise, grace, and humor. "I miss the days when you thought the fireworks were for you."

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Michelle and Barack Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha

Michelle and Barack are also parents to 20-year-old daughter Sasha, and are incredibly proud of their daughters.

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In June, the politician spoke candidly to Anderson Cooper, saying: "In terms of them having a good sense of what's right and wrong, and their part and role to play in making the country better, I don't worry about that."

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Malia and Sasha Obama are growing up quickly!

Barack admitted that his offspring are "so much wiser, more sophisticated, and gifted than I was at their age" telling the CNN anchor: "What you and I might have tolerated as 'That's sort of how things are,' their attitude is 'Why? Let's change it.'"

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